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Lack of a new gaelscoil angers teaching groups

EDUCATION Minister Batt O'Keeffe has angered Irish-language teaching groups with the announcement of approval for seven new primary schools.

Gaelscoileanna spokesperson Blathnaid Ni Ghreachain claimed the department breached parents' constitutional right to education for their children, and the State's obligation to protect and nurture the Irish language by not providing for an Irish-medium school among the seven.

The announcement of the primary schools is separate from yesterday's school buildings announcement.

But a department spokesperson claimed that in the seven areas "the view of the Gaelscoileanna movement was that there was not sufficient additional demand for all-Irish provision to warrant a new gaelscoil".

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